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  • Making the Most of Your Child’s Well-Exam

    01/19/2014 | Everyday Wellness

    Taking your child to the doctor shouldn’t be reserved only for sick-visits. A regularly scheduled well-child exam is an essential component to fostering good physical, as well as developmental, health. Go in prepared, and ask the right questions. Your pediatrician knows medicine, but no one knows your child better than you. That’s why—in addition to getting your child vaccinated and…

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  • Understanding Heart Screenings for Your Young Athlete

    11/18/2013 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & PreventionTreatmentsHeart

    Soccer. Baseball. Basketball. Gymnastics. If your child plans to participate in an organized sport activity, they’ll need more than just the required gear and equipment; They’ll also need a yearly physical exam. While an annual physical is fairly comprehensive, your physician may recommend additional screening for heart-related issues. As part of your child’s sports physical exam,…

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  • Cholesterol and Your Child

    11/13/2013 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & PreventionDiabetes & EndocrinologyHeart

    As adults, we know we need to watch our cholesterol in order to maintain good health. But did you know that children can have high cholesterol, too? As a parent, you can take steps today to monitor your child’s cholesterol and reduce your child’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life. How Do I Know if My Child Has High Cholesterol? Your child can have a simple blood to…

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  • Tricks and Treats for Halloween

    10/29/2013 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    October, for many children, is the month of tricks and treats. Children and teens love Halloween – it’s a time for parties, games, costumes and free candy. Even if one doesn’t participate in Trick or Treating; it’s difficult to avoid candy this time of year. Halloween may be a great time for parents to have conversations with their children about healthy eating. Set the limits…

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  • Get the Facts: Egg Allergies & Flu Vaccines

    10/28/2013 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionTreatmentsAllergies & Asthma

    Tis the season to get the flu vaccine, but what’s a parent to do if your child has an intolerance or allergy to the flu shot? It’s true that the flu vaccine contains a very small amount of egg protein, but it is still recommended for all children aged six months and older. You may need to take precautions if your child has an egg allergy, but not necessarily avoid the vaccine altogether.…

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  • Swallowed Small Magnets – More Than Tots and Toys

    08/25/2013 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Magnets have been a common component of various children toys for years – from magnetic toys meant to attach to each other to alphabet letters and kitchen/refrigerator toys or magnets.  However, more recently a trend has developed in the sale of rare earth, or neodymium, magnets.  These magnets are often marketed as “desk toys” for adults.  These magnets are typically…

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  • Does Nutrition Affect Autism?

    02/27/2013 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Children with autism can present with unique nutritional challenges and nutritional deficiencies have been described in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  In addition to nutrition deficiencies, obesity has also been well-described to occur with ASDs.  As a result, routine health maintenance with your family physician or Pediatrician is essential to ensuring appropriate nutritional…

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  • Consider Alternative Halloween Fun

    10/29/2012 | CommunityEventsEveryday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Halloween can be a fun holiday, and usually conjures thoughts of kids in costumes, trick-or-treating and candy. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous: unsafe costumes, kids darting into traffic, and unhealthy candy and treats. Why not opt for something different this year? Here are some alternative ideas to the traditional Halloween: Visit a Haunted House! Going to a haunted house, haunted trail…

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  • Riding Safely on ATVs

    09/11/2012 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Riding an ATV can be fun, but can also be dangerous. Due to a growing number of ATV accidents this summer, many involving children, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is calling attention to the imminent dangers of all-terrain vehicles. "Injuries sustained in an ATV accident are about the same as those from a motorcycle accident - they can range from cuts and scrapes to even death,"…

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  • Treating a Sign of Summer: Swimmer’s Ear

    08/21/2012 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseFamily CarePrimary Care

    This summer’s string of scorching hot days makes swimming in a pool or lake even more inviting. While swimming is a great way to cool off, kids who spend a lot of time in the water, especially underwater, can experience inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal – medically referred to as otitis externa, but more commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.” Unlike middle ear infections…

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